Trans Lives Matter

A rally in support of trans women forcibly removed from a DTLA bar after a straight couple attacked them. BY VICTOR MELAMED Several transgender women were aggressively and forcibly removed from a downtown Los Angeles bar-restaurant last month during DTLA Proud weekend—after they were attacked by a straight couple. The transgender group, along with several…

The Nation

TRUMP ADMIN ASKS COURT TO LEGALIZE FIRING LGBTQ WORKERS  Federal lawyers are asking the Supreme Court, for the first time, to explicitly limit the Civil Right Act’s protections to exclude LGBTQ people. The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court last month to declare that federal law allows private companies to fire workers based only on…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

Now, a contractor basically need only wave a bible around in order to make those anti discrimination requirements vanish. TOUCHING ANECDOTE  It’s not exactly LGBT news, but I wanted to pass along a truly heart-warming story about the bond formed between a little 4-year-old girl and some construction workers that will make you believe that we…

The Nation

HOUSE PASSES PRIDE ACT PROVIDING TAX REFUNDS TO GAY COUPLES The Pride Act, approved last month by the House, which will now head to the Senate, would amend the Internal Revenue Code to remove gender-specific references to marriage and allow couples to amend their filing status to married filing jointly for tax returns outside of…

The Fight For CHANGE

Democratic Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on the story of equality since Stonewall, the importance of allies and taking up the unfinished work of achieving true freedom and dignity for every American. BY VICTOR MELAMED The LGBTQ Victory Fund, a political action committee dedicated to increasing the number of openly LGBTQ public officials in the U.S.,…

Beyond Sound Bites

The democratic debates briefly spotlight transgender rights, hopefully signaling the party is willing to embrace broader civil rights and social justice platforms.  BY ORLY LYONNE In a historic moment, Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro used the televised debate stage last month to support civil rights for transgender people, reports Sony Salzman at www.rewire.news. His comments were…

The Nation

Pulse Nightclub Designated A National Memorial  On the third anniversary of the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida lawmakers have proposed plans to designate the nightclub a national memorial. U.S. Reps. Darren Soto and Stephanie Murphy, both from Central Florida, announced their plan to declare Pulse a federal landmark at a service in…

The Transaction

Blocking The BAN House votes to block funding for Trump’s trans military ban. BY VICTOR MELAMED The House voted last month to block the Pentagon’s new transgender troop policy, taking a swipe at President Donald Trump’s move to ban transgender service in the military, reports Politico. During debate on a $1 trillion spending package, lawmakers voted…

Black Trans Lives Matter

A rally for trans justice took place last month at Los Angeles City Hall. Over the past month we have lost three trans people to hate motivated violence. Michelle Simone, of Washington DC, was shot and later died at the hospital. Clair Lagato, of Cleveland Ohio, was shot and later died of her wounds at…

A Force For Change

Aria Sa’id, co-founder and executive director of the Compton’s Transgender Cultural District: We want to support the beautification of the neighborhood while acknowledging its rich Transgender history.” BY KELLY LOVEMONSTER  |  PHOTO BY DUSTI CUNNINGHAM Occupying six blocks in the South East Tenderloin (which also crosses over Market Street to include two blocks of 6th…

Making California Affordable Again

SB-50: Scott Wiener’s plan to build new housing and fight urban sprawl (whether California wants it or not). BY BRENDEN SHUCART There is a housing crisis in California. Decades of underbuilding have left us with a 3.5 million home deficit. While a combination of housing speculation and a booming economy in the Tech, Bio Tech,…

A More Inclusive Leader

The gay Mayor of Solvang, Ryan Toussaint on preconceived notions, social change movements and being a voice for the future. BY SEAN GALUSZKA Elected Councilman at age of 29 in 2016 then running for Mayor of Solvang in 2018 and receiving 61.47% of the vote, Ryan Toussaint says that serving as a city council member…

Celebrating OUR Freedom

An interview with Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia. Pride, trans equality and making sure young people know they are not alone. BY MARK ARIEL This year Long Beach Pride is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. As the first openly gay mayor of your city—can you reflect on how the LGBTQ community has evolved since that…

The Nation

Pastor Warns: Buttigieg Will Turn Country Into A “Homocracy” Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who served as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve and deployed for the war in Afghanistan in 2014, found himself in the crosshairs of a firebrand pastor last month, who claimed the openly-gay politician would crack down on Christianity…